YMCA Peace Week
Build community. Act for peace.
“…Peace has many dimensions. It is not only a state of relationships among nations. We cannot expect to live in a world of peace if we are unable to live in peace with those close to us – even those who differ from us… The responsibility for peace begins with each person, in relationship with family and friends, and extends to community life and national activities…” — YMCA Statement of Peace, World Alliance of YMCAs, 1981
As the YMCA, we believe peace is more than the absence of violence and conflict — it’s the ongoing work of building and re-building conditions of fairness, inclusion, empathy, security, and respect for diversity. When we embody the values of PEACE through our daily actions, we can help build a better Canada.
P = Participation – Getting involved and encouraging others to get involved in community-building activities
E = Empathy – Listening and understanding diverse perspectives to create a sense of belonging for all
A = Advocacy – Making the case for positive change in the community
C = Community – Building and strengthening community connections and capacity
E = Empowerment – Inspiring others to foster peace and helping them gain the skills and tools to succeed
- Individual youth (19 years or younger)
- Individual adult (20+ years)
- Group (clubs, school groups etc.)
About YMCA Peace Week
For 30 years, YMCA Peace Week has offered activities to help children, youth and adults explore peace from a personal, local and global perspective. During YMCA Peace Week, we encourage people to build community and act for peace. When we act for peace, we come together to help build a stronger and healthier community by promoting a sense of belonging, fostering empathy, embracing pluralism and addressing the social determinants of health.
During YMCA Peace Week, we recognize “peacemakers” — those dedicated to making our world a better place to live — with a YMCA Peace Medal for their commitment to peace through contributions made within their local, national or global community. Since 1987, more than 1,500 individuals and groups across Canada have been recognized for their peace-building work with a YMCA Peace Medal.